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  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Peripatetic Popes

    08/21/2017 10:55:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 21, 2017 | Brad Miner
    Then there are all those papal visits to many sovereign nations large and small, Catholic and not, that have made the former prisoners of the Vatican among the most well-traveled men in history. John Paul II journeyed 104 times, rolling up nearly three-quarters-of-a-million miles over the twenty-seven years of his pontificate. That was a big increase over Paul VI’s nine trips in fifteen years. Benedict XVI made many journeys too in his eight-year papacy, almost at the same pace as his illustrious predecessor, until he said, Nicht mehr. But where is it written that this must be so – that...

    08/21/2017 2:18:49 AM PDT · by · 21 replies
    Prayer Vigil ^ | 8.21.2017 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind.
  • Iranian Youths Mass Converting to Christianity Despite Islamic Indoctrination, Government's Efforts

    08/20/2017 8:52:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The massive rise of Christianity in Iran, especially among youths, continues despite the Islamic government's efforts to suppress the faith. Even Islamic leaders admitted that more and more young people are choosing to follow Christ.According to Mohabat News, which reports on the persecution and state of Christianity in Iran, the "exponential rate" of Christian growth has been a factor for the last couple of decades.Now even leading Islamic seminary officials, such as Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, have pointed to "accurate reports indicating that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches."Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi has also been raising alarm over...
  • Married Sunday, Fired Monday: Churches Threaten to Dismiss Staff Who Wed Same-Sex Partners

    08/20/2017 5:50:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Sydney Morning Herald | 8/20/17 | Michael Koziol
    Article may not be posted due to copyright issues but click HERE to read complete story.
  • Countercultural San Francisco Parish Attracts Growing Congregation

    08/20/2017 5:46:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/20/17 | Valerie Schmalz
    Father Joseph Illo came to be in charge of the Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco three years ago. He has revitalized the ailing parish with his powerful commitment to traditional Catholic practices. "I was fading from the faith and now I am back," said Mariella Zevallos, the new stewardship coordinator for the parish.SAN FRANCISCO - On the solemnity of the Annunciation this past spring, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone dedicated the Star of the Sea Church’s renovated St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, calling it “a pivotal moment in the history of the parish.” “We want to base...
  • Imo [Nigeria] Catholic Crisis: Pope May Shut Down 163 Parishes

    08/20/2017 5:32:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Nation ^ | 8/20/17 | Sunday Oguntola and Okodili Ndidi
    * Adamant priests adopt new tactics* I’m awaiting my installation, says OkpalaekePope Francis is seriously considering total shut-down of the 163 parishes in Catholic Diocese of Ahiara in Imo State over the protracted crisis generated by appointment of Peter Okpalaeke as Bishop. Okpalaeke’s appointment four years ago after the demise of Bishop Victor Chikwe has been vehemently resisted by Reverend Fathers of Mbaise extraction and the Laity, leading to a stalemate. Ahiara Cathedral and the Bishop’s Court have remained under lock and key with nobody to administer Holy Communion ever since. A key figure at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria...
  • The bi-locating nun who may have evangelized America

    08/18/2017 8:25:18 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | Philip Kosloski
    However, Sister Maria became most well known for her apparent bi-location between Spain and New Spain (Texas and New Mexico). It is reported that starting in 1620 Sister Maria was mystically transported to a tribe of Native Americans in the New World and converted them to the Christian faith.
  • Cardinal Burke: Here’s What the Formal Correction of Pope Francis Will Look Like

    08/17/2017 7:46:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 73 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/16/17 | Pete Baklinski
    August 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Since Pope Francis has chosen not to respond to the five questions on whether his Exhortation Amoris Laetitia conforms to Catholic teaching, a “correction” of the ways his teaching departs from the Catholic faith is “necessary,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke in a new interview. The Cardinal, who is one of the four who signed the dubia almost one year ago asking the Pope to clarify his teaching, explained in an interview with The Wanderer how the process for issuing a “formal correction” would proceed. “It seems to me that the essence of the correction is...
  • Melbourne [Australia] Archbishop Says He’s Prepared to Go to Jail Rather than Divulge Confessions

    08/17/2017 7:40:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia said that he would go to jail rather than obey a law requiring him to divulge the contents of a sacramental confession. The archbishop was responding to a recommendation from the royal commission on sexual abuse, which had urged Australian states to implement new laws requiring priests to disclose reports of sexual abuse that they heard in confessions. Archbishop Hart stressed that the Church could not accept such legislation. “I believe that this is an absolutely sacrosanct communication of the highest order,” he said. He added that he would “go to extreme lengths outside...
  • Modern Catholics ‘Too Wishy-Washy’, Says Scottish Archbishop

    08/16/2017 8:28:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/16/17 | Nick Hallett
    We accommodate. We compromise. We avoid conflict — even when conflict is the only proper course,' Archbishop Tartaglia wroteScottish Catholics have become too “wishy-washy” in standing up for their faith, the Archbishop of Glasgow has warned. In an essay for Crux, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said “too many believers” have submitted to secular values and failed to stress their faith. When challenged by secularism, the archbishop said, many Catholics avoid saying they “really believe in anything supernatural; in anything they can’t see or touch or experience; or in anything beyond modelling and encouraging decent behaviour”. “Too many believers no longer talk...
  • Nigerian Cardinal Criticises Attempts to Relax Communion Rules

    08/16/2017 8:24:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Amoris Laetitia clearly reaffirms the traditional doctrine of the church, Cardinal Onaiyekan saidPope Francis did not change church teaching on the rules for receiving Communion, but rather assured people who are in difficult situations that the church cares for them and the mercy of God extends to them, a Nigerian cardinal said. Nigerian Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, speaking at Ghana’s National Eucharistic Congress in Jasikan August 11, said it was unfortunate that pressure has mounted on the Catholic Church in some places to relax the rules about the reception of holy Communion. Such pressure, he said, can be...
  • US Catholics to Mark 50 Years Since Navy Chaplain's Heroic Death

    08/15/2017 8:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services will celebrate the Annual Mass for Father Capodanno Sept. 5 at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Mass will take place at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time....
  • These are Dark Days for Dogma

    08/13/2017 7:27:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/12/17 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    When we have defined and identified the evil thing, the colors come back into everything else. When evil things become evil, good things, in a blazing apocalypse, become good.Man can be defined as an animal that makes dogmas. As he piles doctrine on doctrine and conclusion on conclusion in the formation of some tremendous scheme of philosophy and religion, he is, in the only legitimate sense of which the expression is capable, becoming more and more human.” — G.K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905)Dogmas or doctrines are human endeavors to state as clearly as possible the truth about something, particularly truth that...
  • Pope Says He's Saddened by 'Perfect' Catholics who Despise Others

    08/11/2017 7:35:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/9/17 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God did not choose perfect people to form his church, but rather sinners who have experienced his love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said. The Gospel of Luke's account of Jesus forgiving the sinful woman shows how his actions went against the general mentality of his time, a way of thinking that saw a "clear separation" between the pure and impure, the pope said Aug. 9 during his weekly general audience. "There were some scribes, those who believed they were perfect," the pope said. "And I think about so many Catholics who think they are perfect and...
  • After Years of Exile, Dominican Sisters Return to Iraq's Nineveh Plain

    08/10/2017 9:53:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Erbil, Iraq, Aug 9, 2017 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After three years in exile from Iraq's Nineveh Plain while it was occupied by the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are returning to their homeland to face the daunting challenge of rebuilding their destroyed communities. “Three years ago, we left our homes at night to the unknown. We started a journey of displacement, exile and questioning,” stated an Aug. 6 open letter from the Dominican Sisters in Erbil. “Despite everything, we always dreamed of going back and finding our houses safe and sound, just as...
  • Pope Benedict's Red Thread

    08/10/2017 9:38:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 8/10/17 | Martin Mosebach
    One shouldn’t speak of a “cult of personality” when describing the papal devotional items that are offered to the hordes of pilgrims and tourists round about Saint Peter’s in Rome: postcards and calendars, coffee cups and silk cloths, plates and plastic gadgets of every kind, always with the picture of the currently happily reigning Holy Father—and next to them also those of Popes John Paul II, John XXIII, and even Paul VI. There is only one pope you will not find in any of the souvenir shops—and I mean not any, as if there were a conspiracy here. To dig...
  • Amir from Galilee, August 10

    08/10/2017 8:18:09 PM PDT · by firebrand · 14 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | August 10, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir discusses the situation in the Middle East, North Korea, and some interesting finds in Israel. He explains why he is not caught up in the current hysteria about eclipses and Virgo signs and the rest. He believes in signs, but balances that against the Gospel, which is full of messages that are more important, and are the true things that Jesus wanted us to know. Signs are for the unbeliever, so that maybe they will believe. We who believe should be more focused on the Gospel. A very important message that he has given before and emphasizes now that...
  • The Letters To The Seven Churches

    08/10/2017 2:55:52 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 8/10/17 | Gary
    Recently I wrote about the hermeneutical principle of trusting what the Bible plainly says - in other words, a literal interpretation of Scripture and letting Scripture interpret Scripture.  It is my belief that if Christians adhered to this principle there would be few if any divisions in the Church.  Approaching Scripture with a certain humility is also important.  We should tremble at God's Word, not act as though we are the masters of it.  Don't assume you've figured it all out because none of us have.  The strongest evidence I see demonstrating that someone knows the Scriptures inside and...
  • US Cardinal Rebukes German Cardinal for Saying Church Should not be Concerned About Gay ‘Marriage’

    08/09/2017 6:55:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/9/17 | Pete Baklinski
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, August 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke has criticized German Cardinal Reinhard Marx for saying that Germany’s recent legalization of homosexual “marriage” is of no major concern for the Catholic Church in that country. Burke, one of the Church’s leading canon law experts, spoke about Marx as he outlined how evils now commonly accepted in the West’s “ravaged” culture have managed to infiltrate the Church, passing from the shepherds to the sheep. He made the comments at the July 22 “Church Teaches Forum” in Louisville. “But, in a diabolical way, the confusion and error which has...
  • Question: "I am a new Christian. What is the next step?"

    08/09/2017 4:01:32 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 92 replies ^ | unknown | unknown
    Question: "I am a new Christian. What is the next step?" Answer: Congratulations! If you are a new believer, you have just experienced the beginning of your new, eternal life (John 3:16; 10:10). Your sins have been forgiven and you have been given a fresh start (Romans 4:7). You have now been given inexpressible, glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8-9). In addition to the wonderful blessings of knowing Christ, you are probably thinking, “Now what? What is the next step?” The Bible offers some important principles for those who have begun a relationship with God. First, as a new Christian, begin...